Philippines fails to fight Covid and ranks last globally. Why?
There are valuable lessons for the developing world to learn from the many mistakes the country has made
The Philippines has fallen to last place in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking of the best and worst places to be amid the pandemic, capping a steady decline over the course of 2021.
The monthly snapshot — which measures where the virus is being handled the most effectively with the least social and economic upheaval — ranks 53 major economies on 12 datapoints related to virus containment, the economy and opening up.
The Philippines’ drop to No. 53 reflects the challenges it is facing from the onslaught of the Delta variant, which has hit Southeast Asia particularly hard amid difficulties containing the more contagious strain and slow vaccination rollouts. The region, which recently had the worst outbreak in the world, populates the September ranking’s lowest rungs, with Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam all in the bottom five...